Republic Journal

Facing 2021 With the Building Blocks of 2020

Like most people I was stunned over the last few days as I watched the riots in and around the US Capitol building. The tensions of 2020 had spilled over, unwelcomed, into the new year for the United States. For us here in Trinidad, we are still grappling with the challenges that the covid-19 pandemic brought to our doors. Clearly, we all have to face the reality that the late New York Times writer, Hal Borland aptly stated, “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on.”


Blursday, super-spreaders, lock-down, social-distancing, you’re on mute and of course the weekend quarantini, have been etched into our jargon as we faced the relentless challenges of COVID-19.

Change as an engine of growth

During the holidays I was able, like I hope, many of you, to enjoy a few beach days to relax, recharge and just watch the cerulean surf at Maracas Bay. “Life is flux” the ancient philosopher Heraclitus’ acknowledged in 500 BC. Accepting the need to constantly evolve, not with resignation or resistance, but with acceptance and vigour has always been our mantra at the RBL Information Technology team. Dedicated to providing state-of-the-art service to colleagues and clients, the team consistently rose to the exponential increase in the demand for online banking services in 2020. Challenge accepted in the year of Corona.

New Year, New Normal, New Me (You)

Happy New Year! Without a doubt we have had an interesting, if not challenging, year in 2020.

Lights Out for the ECCU Economies? (Part 3)

Over the last two weeks, we have been discussing the pandemic’s impact on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and how we might come out stronger on the other side if we were to shift our focus to growth spending as opposed to borrowing for stability.

Lights Out for the ECCU Economies? (Part 2)

Last week we talked about the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the economies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) including the significant decline in tourism activity, lower remittances and a rise in debt and unemployment compounded by reluctant local and foreign investors.


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